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Boat Maintenance Tips

Blog articles on looking after and improving your dinghy, keelboat, or SUP, including articles showing how to repair or fix issues.

The Laser Boom - Bolt it up! (From the Rooster Archives)

By Mark Harper 2nd October 2020

If you have just acquired an old Laser/ILCA dinghy, this was the method of attaching the aft mainsheet block to the Laser/ILCA Boom... Back in the factory, this was quick, low cost way to attach most of the Lasers/ILCA fittings. However, pop rivets are renowned for 'stretching' and in areas of high load, such as the mainsheet block, the saddles holding the mainsheet blocks can unexpectedly fail (or rather the pop rivets). In addition due to the different metals and the presence of salt water, corrosion can occur in the area of the fittings and the attachment points. Below are...

Laser/ILCA Spars Rivets List

The ultimate riveting guide for your Laser® /ILCA spars! Upper Mast Section  Upper Mast Base Plug 2 x 4.8mm (3/16") x...

By Rooster Sailing 2nd October 2020

How to Repair a Laser®/ILCA Daggerboard

We had a visit from David Summerville of Phoenix Marine at the Rooster Head Office to demonstrate how he repairs...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020